TICKLE – December 12, 2017

That was the biggest “one inch of snow” I have ever seen!!! I hope your life is returning to some semblance of “routine.” I am finding it hard to get used to having the ground white! It was breathtakingly beautiful - but Lordy did that snow disrupt lives! Here is what so many of you are asking:

Jeff has been re-coordinating ever since the cancellation. Yes, we will do the Christmas Cantata this Sunday Dec 17 at both the 8:30 and 11 am services. And yes, we will have all three services like normal - so if you wish to hear a sermon entitled, “Where is Christmas?” based on John 3:16, come to THE WELL at 9:45 as well as the Cantata at either 8:30 or 11 am. The Cantata will take the place of the sermon at 8:30 and 11 am. Cinnamon rolls and juice will be on tables in the MAC desk area. Please help yourselves! They were purchased for last Sunday - if you could help us “consume them” - that would be greatly appreciated! They are a gift to you as part of our celebration.

We also will have one adult profess her faith at THE WELL this Sunday and two people join Christ’s movement through us at 11. To God be the GLORY!

The Angel Tree was put up last Tuesday. It is the Christmas tree in the Narthex entrance to the MAC. The decorations on the tree are invitations. Take one and go buy the toy written on the decoration and return it UNWRAPPED to the bottom of the tree. We really appreciate everyone who has already participated. The toys are picked up and distributed by the Union County Sheriff’s Department to children in our county who will benefit most from them. Everyone lost a weekend with the snow - so we have moved the pickup date to later next week. If you wish to participate, please do so this coming week!
God’s Love,
mark

No Wednesday Night Dinner (dinner on break until into January)

Youth Gathering Tonight (5 pm to 7 pm)
Pizza party and working on the Youth gingerbread houses
Youth are Middlers and High Schoolers.- come join the group at the Gathering.

Wednesday Night Advent Bible Study :
Week three of this four week study on “The Christmas Gifts that Never Break” will be from 6 pm to 6:45 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Just come!

Cantata Practice (again) this Wednesday Night - have some new folks involved with this scheduling now so please come to this “second” practice.

Children’s Christmas Play - Sunday, December 17 at 3 pm in the MAC:
Come witness the living nativity as all the animals, the shepherds the angels and baby Jesus appear - come support our Children’s Ministry by just being present and smiling at all the little ones acting out HIS story. Our Children’s ministry covers K through 5th grade (although we are currently blessed with a lot of very little ones - you really don’t want to miss this! It’s going to be awesome!)

Upcoming December Plans:
Sunday December 24 Worship services:
There will be four worship services that day. 11 am, 5 pm, 7 pm, 11 pm
The offering at 11 am will be for general church offering. 100% of the offering received at the 5 pm, 7, pm and 11 pm services will go towards Hope House.

Living Lord’s Supper Drama: (Great Initial response - keep going!)
Chuck and Pam Morgan invite the church into a “new thing” this coming Easter. They would like to put on a Living Lord’s Supper drama based on the famous da Vinci painting on Holy Thursday during Holy Week the last week of March. The Morgan’s are looking for folks willing to be the characters in the Living Lord’s Supper, set design, etc…if you would like to participate in this please contact Pam Morgan pgail49@gmail.com

A Night to Shine - Friday evening February 9 dinner/dance - Prom Night
JoAnn Strickland is leading a team effort coordinating our first Tim Tebow Foundation “A Night to Shine” dinner dance for special needs folks in our region. You can go onto our web site - at the bottom of the home page, click on “A Night to Shine.” From there you can register participants or as a volunteer. We are already over 60 participants registered. WE NEED YOUR HELP. Do not wait until the last minute to register as a volunteer. There is training you will need to go through in preparation for this event. Our Safe Sanctuary policy covers both minors and vulnerable adults - so please do not wait for the last minute to volunteer. We are setting up special Safe Sanctuary training events in January. Check out our Web Site - more info there. I am sounding the volunteer call - ALL HANDS ON DECK!

Critical Service Opportunities: (PLEASE CONSIDER!)
Remember to volunteer to help for “A Night to Shine” - the Tim Tebow Foundation Prom dinner/dance for people with special needs February 9 in our MAC. We have begun to get a good group of volunteers but we need more - THANK YOU! And THANK YOU new volunteers who now fill the 11 am video booth chair - looks like that seat may be covered with 5 people. And THANK YOU for the new volunteers who have stepped up to be home-bound Holy Communion servers - we picked up two more teams last week that will be available beginning in January. We need one or two more people to cover our beloved home-bound folks. If you want to know more, please contact Pastor Mark by email at firstumcpastor@windstream.net

Pray without Ceasing for:
Those who do not yet really know Jesus (yet) - let them see the Church now
Our military families
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Brannon Lodge)
Our entire staff team and their families
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Jamie & Liz Patton - Jamie at home with failing kidneys - no dialysis
Alex & Pat Box - Alex and Pat moved back home today! WOO! HOOOOOO!!!!
Nancy Joyce - brother in Pittsburgh - hospitalized from heart attack (continue to pray for Nancy’s Mother - Gloria Mason)
Helen Owenby - recovering at assisted living facility from stress fractures
Sheila Loy father (Willis) - back
Phil Sallings - general health
Joyce Byers - recent loss of her sister Martha (third sibling this year)
Debbie Steed - surgical procedure tomorrow at Emory (Wednesday)
Shannon Burgess two nephews (Luke - pancreas & Matt - colon cancer)
Rod Johnson - MRI to troubleshoot vision problems
Gail McGuire sister in law (Cheri) - kidney cancer / kidney function
Pam Morgan - brother (Michael) - prostate cancer
Diane & Bill Kolb’s daughter (Trish Wilkes) - recovering at home
Mitzi Gasaway - cousin in TX diagnosed with stage 4 cancer
Susan & Walt Forrester’s brother in law - pancreatic cancer surgery
Alice Aiken (Rev. Jim Aiken’s wife) healing at home from cancer related procedure
Manon Thompson — back home but needs our prayers for continued healing
Kelly Schuknecht’s sister’s family - niece Emily - memory
Mike Brandenburg - completing antibiotic treatment at home
Ingrid Engle - sister Maggie - general health
Susan Flemming - recent cancer diagnosis
Jean Riddle – her sister’s declining health, Ruby Hruby
Larry Culpepper’s sister (Joyce Hampton) - serious illness
Claudia Deprez - goods test results in months ahead
Zadie McCall - great niece (Katrina Laxton) - chemo
Norm Rogers - recent prostate cancer diagnosis
Kris and Larry Furgason - their 38 year old daughter Holly - breast cancer.
Janice Jarrard - sister with ovarian cancer
Ruth Stefko son (Mike Stefko) - cancer related - and daughter (Dawn Chappel) - several health issues related to broken neck vertebrae.
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - continuing cancer related treatments
Luann, Carol & Bob Head – general health
Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren/Greg Lane – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

Through us God will reach people, touch souls, change hearts, and launch disciples (that’s Church!)

A Note from Finance

The treasure chests will stay out to receive your 2018
“Estimate of Giving Cards.” Blank card’s are now at the MAC desk and Narthex desk. We will send out “Thank Yous” after Christmas when we open the treasure chests. Just a reminder, if you desire your giving to be giving of record for calendar year 2017, the church must receive it no later than Sunday, December 31.

……………………….Received……………….YTD Received
December 3rd…….$ 24,885…………………………$1,016,400

Please remember FUMC in your legacy trusts & wills!

Tickle – December 5, 2017

Ye Olde Burgess Christmas Letter
Merry Christmas from “Burgess South!”

Psalm 96 Sing to the LORD a new song! Sing to the LORD, all the earth!
Sing to the LORD! Bless his name! Share the news of his saving work every single day!

Jacob
Purple has been part of Jacob’s heritage for a long time now. He has transitioned from the purple of Union County High School to the purple of Young Harris College (8 miles up the road from home.) The color is the same but the expectations and pace are different. Jacob is doing well learning to sing a new song in a new season of life. His major is Biology but we suspect this is the foundational spring board for what is to come. When we had our kids 14 years apart, I remember Shannon saying, “Well, at least they won’t be in college at the same time!” Well, now they are! Life is unpredictable! But God’s love is very predictable. Thanks be to God!

Katie & Mark & Timber
Katie and Mark continue to live and love in Castle Rock, Colorado. Katie successfully completed her comprehensive finals this year in her ongoing journey towards her Epidemiology doctorate. Mark has had a great professional year with significant promotions in the library system where he continues to manage the IT functions of a multi-county Denver suburb library system. They continue to be graced by the exuberant personality of their 90 pound “puppy” named Timber and the Divine Majesty of the Colorado Mountains – could it be “purple mountain majesty?” All I know is like her Dad, my daughter is a stalwart Minnesota Viking fan – more purple – and so is my Son-in-law (he may not know it, but it was one of the requirements to marry our daughter!)

Mark & Shannon & Grace
At the beginning of the year, Shannon began to sing a new song as she became a member of my staff team at FUMC of Union County. Her long term love of children and gifts of organization and leadership moved her into the role of Children’s Director. Along with the blessings of our new Youth Director, new preschool Director, new Nursery Director, and new Contemporary Worship Leader, we have been learning how to sing a new song with grace and love and passion. It has been wonderful but at times a little overwhelming as we find how our ministry orbits move in a divine dance to the guiding whispers of the Shepherd’s Voice. But now (the Christmas Season) is the time when crystal clarity comes to Christ’s Church. We are here to announce good news! To invite all of creation to sing a new song! World, prepare to stare at purple! It’s Advent!

From our family to your family, we wish you a very Merry Christmas!
Sing to the LORD!

Tuesday Table of Grace:
Thank you for feeding our hungry community a meal of love today!

Wednesday Night Feast:
Ro & the Robinettes are providing the entire feast tonight! The Holiday meal, sides, and desserts will all be there. No basket this night. The meal is an act of “gratitude” from these church angels who do such an awesome job of feeding the faith family. Hospitality (Lynn Varian) will also be present to host the night as we celebrate all our 2017 new members.Come feast with us and bring a friend - the meal is special and it is also free.

Wednesday Night Advent Bible Study :
Week two of this four week study on “The Christmas Gifts that Never Break” will be from 6 pm to 6:45 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Just come!

This Coming Sunday - December 10 Plans:
This is Cantata Sunday! It may be cool outside but it will be warm inside! The Cantata will happen at both 8:30 am and 11 am in the Sanctuary (those two services will be the same.) Like past years, there will be free cinnamon rolls and Juice/Tea/Coffee for everyone in the MAC in the 9:45 hour. Come fellowship together if your schedule allows. There is no 9:45 Worship at THE WELL this Sunday. We have another group serving a meal for the Cantata choir and guest musicians in the fellowship hall in the 9:45 hour.

Upcoming December Plans:
Children’s Christmas Program - December 17, 3 pm in the MAC
Sunday December 24 Worship services:
There will be four worship services that day. 11 am, 5 pm, 7 pm, 11 pm

Living Lord’s Supper Drama:
Everyone in worship heard Chuck and Pam Morgan invite the church into a “new thing” this coming Easter. They would like to put on a Living Lord’s Supper drama based on the famous da Vinci painting on Holy Thursday during Holy Week the last week of March. The Morgan’s are looking for folks willing to be the characters in the Living Lord’s Supper, set design, etc…if you would like to participate in this please contact Pam Morgan pgail49@gmail.com

Hurricane Response Team(s)
If you live in Florida or have friends or family or a church home in Florida who has been affected by the hurricanes, would you talk to them and let me know if there is a specific need a basic Church Mission team might tackle in a short term trip. We are still looking for a connection to pursue.

Critical Service Opportunities: (PLEASE CONSIDER!)
Remember to volunteer to help for “A Night to Shine” - the Tim Tebow Foundation Prom dinner/dance for people with special needs February 9 in our MAC. We also need communion servers to serve Holy Communion to our home bounds - you serve the same person(s) once a month on your schedule. Please help our growing team of servers bring God’s Grace to our members who can no longer come to the Table - help us take the Table to them! We also need two more people to serve in the video recording chair under Robbie Turner’s guidance at the 11 am worship service. This needs to be a rotation of four people - you will rotate through once per month. Robbie will train you. This role prepares the video that is given to Windstream for cable TV. If you wish to simply know more about either role, please contact Pastor Mark by email at firstumcpastor@windstream.net Please pray about this - both roles are critical!

Pray without Ceasing for:
Those who do not yet really know Jesus (yet)
Our military families
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Brannon Lodge)
Our entire staff team and their families
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Jamie & Liz Patton - Jamie at home with failing kidneys - no dialysis
Alex & Pat Box - going to be released to go home in the next few weeks!
Nancy Joyce - brother in Pittsburgh - hospitalized from heart attack (continue to pray for Nancy’s Mother - Gloria Mason)
Mike Cloyd - heart cath placed one stent - on way back home
Helen Owenby - recovering at assisted living facility from stress fractures
Phil Sallings - Heart cath clear, had procedure yesterday to at Atlanta Piedmont to replace existing pacemaker - procedure went well.
Joyce Byers sister (Martha) - in Gainesville ICU from fall - hit head.
Debbie Steed - surgical procedure December 13
Shannon Burgess two nephews (Luke - pancreas & Matt - colon cancer)
Greg Lane - procedure today to help minimie pain in back
Rod Johnson - MRI on Friday to troubleshoot vision problems
Gail McGuire sister in law (Cheri) - kidney cancer / kidney function
Pam & Tommy Ackerman - 9 yr old granddaughter (Katelyn) lumbar surgery went well - recovering.
Pam Morgan - brother (Michael) - prostate cancer
Diane & Bill Kolb’s daughter (Trish Wilkes) - recovering at home
Mitzi Gasaway - cousin in TX diagnosed with stage 4 cancer
Susan & Walt Forrester’s brother in law - pancreatic cancer Dec 7 surgery
Ray Norwood - was at church Sunday! Woo! Hoo!
Alice Aiken (Rev. Jim Aiken’s wife) healing at home from cancer related procedure
Manon Thompson — will be discharged to home tomorrow Woo! Hoo!
Kelly Schuknecht’s sister’s family - two nieces with major health concerns - but the good news this week is Molly was released from the hospital. Woo! Hoo!
Mike Brandenburg - completing antibiotic treatment at home
Ingrid Engle - sister Maggie - general health
Susan Flemming - recent cancer diagnosis
Janice Boland Nephew (Trevor) - brain trauma - home now . Woo! Hoo!
Jean Riddle – her sister’s declining health, Ruby Hruby
Larry Culpepper’s sister (Joyce Hampton) - serious illness
Claudia Deprez - goods test results in months ahead
Zadie McCall - great niece (Katrina Laxton) - chemo
Norm Rogers - recent prostate cancer diagnosis
Kris and Larry Furgason - their 38 year old daughter Holly - breast cancer.
Janice Jarrard - sister with ovarian cancer
Ruth Stefko son (Mike Stefko) - cancer related - and daughter (Dawn Chappel) - several health issues related to broken neck vertebrae.
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - continuing cancer related treatments
Luann, Carol & Bob Head – general health
Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

Through us God will reach people, touch souls, change hearts, and launch disciples (that’s Church!)

A Note from Finance

The treasure chests will stay out to receive your 2018
“Estimate of Giving Cards.” Blank card’s are now at the MAC desk and Narthex desk. We will send out “Thank Yous” after Christmas when we open the treasure chests.

……………………….Received……………….YTD Received
December 3rd…….$ 24,885…………………………$1,016,400

Please remember FUMC in your legacy trusts & wills!

Tickle – November 28, 2017

We turn the corner this week from Thanksgiving to Advent. Come get caught up in the joy of the new season. I am still “thankful” for all the servant hearts who helped create the Gratitude Graze brunch all morning this last Sunday. I am still “thankful” for everyone who has responded with their 2018 Estimate of Giving Cards (treasure chests will stay out for another couple of weeks.) I am still “thankful” for everyone still writing three things they are thankful to God for in their Gratitude Journals right up to Christmas Eve. I am still “thankful” for all the pioneers of our church we got to “give thanks” for this last Sunday. I am still “thankful” for the trailblazer DNA that formed the wonderful story of FUMC of Union County - a story we told and celebrated this last Sunday. I guess what I am saying is don’t leave your thankfulness behind - bring it with you as we turn into Advent this week! God’s Joy, Pastor Mark

Stuff this Week to Consider:
YHC Music Dept. Christmas Program tonight at 7 pm - YHC Glenn McGinnis Hall Wed
Wed morning Women’s Study - lower level of MAC at 10 am
Wed Night Dinner starts serving at 4:30 (just this Wed) - Chili & Grilled Cheese
Special Hanging of the Greens Worship service in the Sanctuary at 5:30 pm
This will be led by our Youth Group (everyone is invited - please come support them)
The children are invited to attend the 5:30 pm service with Ms. Shannon
Hand bells will practice in the Sanctuary after the Hanging of the greens service
Pastor Mark Advent DVD driven Bible Study will be in the Fellowship Hall after the
hanging of the greens service
Mountain Community Choir Christmas Concert Friday at 7 pm and Sunday at 3 pm
at YHC Glenn / McGinnis Hall
CEC Preschool Yard Sale Friday & Saturday (Dec 1 & 2) in the Fellowship Hall
Young at Hearts Road Trip Sunday, December 3rd - Christmas in Dillard - includes
transportation, a play, and supper - see the December newsletter for more details.
The bus will leave the church at 1:30 pm. $40 per person.

Wednesday, December 6, Holiday Feast: (Put this on your calendar!)

We moved our Thanksgiving Feast to coincide with two others things. We decided to try a “Holiday Feast” located between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year on a Wednesday night so that it does not interfere with other family plans. This is our New Member reception night as well. We will be celebrating roughly 50 new members in calendar 2017. This is also the final Christmas Cantata practice night and we wanted to provide our appreciation to them. Ro & the Robinettes are “doing” this meal this year. We are being given a great gift. The turkey meal, sides, and desserts are all being provided by Ro & the Robinettes. All you bring is “yourself” - that’s it. And this meal is free (no basket will be out for donations - it is a great gift) and open to our community. It is our way of continuing to Give THANKS for what God is doing among us.

Give Thanks, (Lord knows I am!) pastor mark

Upcoming December Plans

Cantata Sunday - December 10 at 8:30 am and 11 am in the Sanctuary
Children’s Christmas Program - December 17, 3 pm in the MAC
Sunday December 24 Worship services:
There will be four worship services that day. 11 am, 5 pm, 7 pm, 11 pm

Welcome our Newest Member

Alice Janessa - 240 Talon Trace, Blairsville 30512

If you are interested in uniting with Christ’s movement through us here in this place of grace, simply call the church office and ask for Evelyn (706-745-2073) and arrange a meeting with Pastor mark. He will answer whatever questions you may have.

Hurricane Response Mission Team Request

Sunday, December 3rd - Christmas in Dillard - includes transportation, a play, and supper - see the December newsletter for more details. The bus will leave the church at 1:30 pm. $40 per person.

Parish Nurses Update

We are thankful for our Parish Nursing Ministry at FUMC! Jackie Franklin has recently stepped down after leading this ministry team along with Bambi Wooten and Sharon Willits. Well done servant hearts! We are also thankful for the folks who have stepped forward to continue the legacy of this ministry. Kathy Fain is now the chair of Parish Nursing and Lee Dunham continues as chair of the board that oversees our Parish Nursing ministry.

Critical Service Opportunities: (PLEASE CONSIDER!)

Remember to volunteer to help for “A Night to Shine” - the Tim Tebow Foundation Prom dinner/dance for people with special needs February 9 in our MAC. We also need communion servers to serve Holy Communion to our home bounds - you serve the same person(s) once a month on your schedule. Please help our growing team of servers bring God’s Grace to our members who can no longer come to the Table - help us take the Table to them! We also need two more people to serve in the video recording chair under Robbie Turner’s guidance at the 11 am worship service. This needs to be a rotation of four people - you will rotate through once per month. Robbie will train you. This role prepares the video that is given to Windstream for cable TV. If you wish to simply know more about either role, please contact Pastor Mark by email at firstumcpastor@windstream.net Please pray about this - both roles are critical!

Pray without Ceasing for

Those who do not yet really know Jesus
Our military families - many recent deployments
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Brannon Lodge)
Our entire staff team and their families
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Alex & Pat Box - Alex gall bladder surgery tomorrow at UGH
Debbie Steed - determining path forward
Gail McGuire sister in law (Cheri) - kidney cancer / kidney function
Pam & Tommy Ackerman - 9 yr old granddaughter (Katelyn) lumbar surgery Dec 4
Pam Morgan - brother (Michael) - prostate cancer
Rev. Mike Cloyd - been in UGH hospital - just released to go home.
Shannon Burgess - nephew Matt Dickey - young man with colon cancer
Diane & Bill Kolb’s daughter (Trish Wilkes) - sent to Atlanta Northside Hospital with blood clots in both lungs
Mitzi Gasaway - cousin in TX diagnosed with stage 4 cancer
Susan & Walt Forrester’s brother in law - pancreatic cancer Dec 7 surgery
Ray Norwood - recent stroke - recovering at home now
Alice Aiken (Rev. Jim Aiken’s wife) healing at home from cancer related procedure
Sandy & Jesse Eady son (Sean) - severe infection in right arm - hand at risk
Manon Thompson - recovering at Pruitt Health, Room C8, 99 Ouida Street, Blue Ridge. 30513 - will be discharged to home Dec 5 (Woo! Hoo!)
Kelly Schuknecht’s sister’s family - two nieces with major health concerns
Mike Brandenburg - completing antibiotic treatment at home
Ingrid Engle - sister Maggie - general health
Susan Flemming - recent cancer diagnosis
Janice Boland Nephew (Trevor) - severe brain trauma
Jean Riddle – her sister’s declining health, Ruby Hruby
Larry Culpepper’s sister (Joyce Hampton) - serious illness
Claudia Deprez - goods test results in months ahead
Jamie Patton - general health (kidney failure and cancer) - testing
Phil Salling - healing from leg procedures
Zadie McCall - great niece (Katrina Laxton) - chemo
Norm Rogers - recent prostate cancer diagnosis
Kris and Larry Furgason - their 38 year old daughter Holly - breast cancer.
Janice Jarrard - sister with ovarian cancer
Ruth Stefko son (Mike Stefko) - cancer related - and daughter (Dawn Chappel) - several health issues related to broken neck vertebrae.
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - continuing cancer related treatments
Luann, Carol & Bob Head – general health
Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

Through us God will reach people, touch souls, change hearts, and launch disciples (that’s Church!)

A Note from Finance

As you do your shopping on AMAZON, you also have the opportunity to donate money to the our church. Simply use AMAZON SMILE, then set up “First United Methodist Church of Union County” as the supporting organization. Once you set it up, every time you place an AMAZON order (must use AMAZON SMILE), Amazon makes a donation to our church. Your same settings and benefits, including Amazon Prime, apply. So we urge you to make the change today. Thanks for your continued support!

Received………………….YTD
November 5th….$ 25,490…………………..$ 936,318
November 12th..$ 23,420…………………..$ 959,738
November 19th..$ 18,989…………………..$ 978,727
November 26th..$ 12,787…………………..$ 991,515

Please remember FUMC in your legacy trusts & wills!

Tickle – November 21, 2017

Psalm 69:30
I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving.
Leviticus 22:29
When you sacrifice a thanksgiving offering to the Lord, you shall sacrifice it so that it may be acceptable in your behalf
Psalm 95:2
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
2nd Corinthians 4:15
Yes (Lord), everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.
Psalm 100:4
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name.
Colossians 2:6-7
As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
Matthew 15:35-36
Then ordering the crowd to sit down on the ground, he (Jesus) took the seven loaves and the fish; and after giving thanks he broke them and gave them to his disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.

Give thanks and have a great Thanksgiving everyone!

I give thanks for the so many people responding with their 2018 Estimate of Giving Cards in worship this last Sunday! The locked treasure chests with the drop slots on top will be out for several more weeks. You can add your cards to the treasure chests at any time. Remember to keep one of the little tear off cards for your 2018 records. And remember to fill out the “yes/no” questions on the back of other tear off little card you give us. It does not matter which treasure chest the big card (with your name) or which treasure chest the little card (with your estimated 2018 monthly giving number) go into - just don’t put both cards in the same chest! It’s our way of mixing them all up. If you are away from Georgia and wish to participate, let us know - Deidra will mail you a card and process it confidentially for you when you send it back. Blank EOG cards will be in the bulletins and at the Narthex desk and MAC desk. Our prayer is that everyone who worships at FUMC bring those cards as a way of expressing your attitude of gratitude to God. Let us all GIVE THANKS together.

This coming Sunday is Pioneer Sunday at FUMC!
We give thanks for everyone but this coming Sunday we are especially giving thanks for all those who have worshiped with us for decades. EVERYONE is welcome to drop into the fellowship hall and partake in the brunch provided by a group of Church Angels who are helping us say “thank you.” The brunch is open anytime after the 8:30 am service. Also, a special (Gold, Silver, and Bronze medal) recognition is provided to those who come this Sunday from the following groups:
Gold Medal - if you began worshiping with us before 1989
Silver Medal - if you began worshiping with us from 1990 to 1999
Bronze Medal - if you began worshiping with us from 2000 to 2009
You are our FUMC pioneers and we are THANKFUL for YOU!
You have to be present in worship this Sunday to receive your medal.

Something to put on your holiday schedules: (Come support our Youth!)
Our FUMC Youth are leading a “Hanging of the Greens” service in the Sanctuary on Wednesday November 29 - the Wednesday after Thanksgiving week. We are doing a “modified” schedule for just that night. Dinner will begin at 4:30 pm, the Hanging of the Greens Service will be at 5:30 pm and the Adult Advent study that begins that night will start at 6:15 pm and end at 7 pm.

Wednesday, December 6, Holiday Feast:
We moved our Thanksgiving Feast to coincide with two others things. We decided to try a “Holiday Feast” located between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year on a Wednesday night so that it does not interfere with other family plans. This is our New Member reception night as well. We will be celebrating roughly 50 new members in calendar 2017. This is also the final Christmas Cantata practice night and we wanted to provide our appreciation to them. Ro & the Robinettes are “doing” this meal this year. We are being given a great gift. The turkey meal, sides, and desserts are all being provided by Ro & the Robinettes. All you bring is “yourself” - that’s it. And this meal is free (no basket will be out for donations - it is a great gift) and open to our community. It is our way of continuing to Give THANKS for what God is doing among us.

Give Thanks, (Lord knows I am!) pastor mark

Welcome our Newest Members:
Carleen Ward - 68 Coosa View Lane, Blairsville 30512
Ginger Adamson - 351 Patricks Drive, Blairsville 30512

If you are interested in uniting with Christ’s movement through us here in this place of grace, simply call the church office and ask for Evelyn (706-745-2073) and arrange a meeting with Pastor mark. He will answer whatever questions you may have.

Wednesday Night Nurture: cancelled FOR THANKSGIVING

Operation Turkey Tree was a huge success due to YOUR participation. The youth prepped 31 boxes greatly surpassing the 20 anticipated.

A loving Note of Compassion to our Christian Family:
As we introduced in worship, if you would like to send a card or note of compassion to the Sutherland Springs, TX community, here is the address:
P.O. Box 115, Sutherland Springs, TX 78161

Church offices will be closed Wednesday - Friday for Thanksgiving holidays.

Critical Service Opportunities: (PLEASE CONSIDER!)
Remember to volunteer to help for “A Night to Shine” - the Tim Tebow Foundation Prom dinner/dance for people with special needs February 9 in our MAC. We also need communion servers to serve Holy Communion to our home bounds - you serve the same person(s) once a month on your schedule. Please help our growing team of servers bring God’s Grace to our members who can no longer come to the Table - help us take the Table to them! We also need two more people to serve in the video recording chair under Robbie Turner’s guidance at the 11 am worship service. This needs to be a rotation of four people - you will rotate through once per month. Robbie will train you. This role prepares the video that is given to Windstream for cable TV. If you wish to simply know more about either role, please contact Pastor Mark by email at firstumcpastor@windstream.net Please pray about this - both roles are critical!

Pray without Ceasing for:
The Sutherland TX community
Our military families - many recent deployments
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Brannon Lodge)
Our entire staff team and their families
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Alex & Pat Box worshiped with us on Sunday at the 11 am service! It has been a year (this week) since his accident which made Sunday a grand celebration! Never underestimate an LSU fan! We are tenacious! Woo!!! Hoo!!! Alex has his gall bladder surgery scheduled at UGH Nov 29. Pray without ceasing!
Debbie Steed - cancer diagnosis - further testing after Thanksgiving to determine path forward (caught very early - we are thankful!)
Gail McGuire sister in law (Cheri) - kidney cancer / kidney function
Pam & Tommy Ackerman - 9 yr old granddaughter (Katelyn) lumbar surgery Dec 4
Pam Morgan - brother-in-law (Michael) - prostate cancer
Shannon Burgess - beloved Uncle passed
Shannon Burgess - nephew Matt Dickey - young man with colon cancer
Deidra Gilbert - cousin in Mississippi passed away
Mitzi Gasaway - cousin in TX diagnosed with stage 4 cancer
Jim Belcher - recent loss
Ray Norwood - recent stroke - recovering at home now
Larry Rosenberry - healing at home from cancer related procedure (Connie now has shingles)
Alice Aiken (Rev. Jim Aiken’s wife) healing at home from cancer related procedure
Sandy & Jesse Eady son (Sean) - severe infection in right arm - hand at risk
Manon Thompson - recovering at Pruitt Health, Room C8, 99 Ouida Street, Blue Ridge. 30513
Julie & Lee Sundsted granddaughter, Finnley Ashton, an 8 week old baby that had been diagnosed with meningitis - doing much better - thank you for the prayers
Kelly Schuknecht’s sister’s family - two nieces with major health concerns
Mike Brandenburg - completing antibiotic treatment at home
Ingrid Engle - sister Maggie - general health
Susan Flemming - recent cancer diagnosis
Janice Boland Nephew (Trevor) - severe brain trauma
Jean Riddle – her sister’s declining health, Ruby Hruby
Larry Culpepper’s sister (Joyce Hampton) - serious illness
Claudia Deprez - goods test results in months ahead
Jamie Patton - general health (kidney failure and cancer) - testing
Phil Salling - healing from leg procedures
Zadie McCall - great niece (Katrina Laxton) - chemo
Norm Rogers - recent prostate cancer diagnosis
Kris and Larry Furgason - their 38 year old daughter Holly - breast cancer.
Janice Jarrard - sister with ovarian cancer
Ruth Stefko son (Mike Stefko) - cancer related - and daughter (Dawn Chappel) - several health issues related to broken neck vertebrae.
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - continuing cancer related treatments
Luann, Carol & Bob Head – general health
Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

Through us God will reach people, touch souls, change hearts, and launch disciples (that’s Church!)

A Note from Finance

As you do your shopping on AMAZON, you also have the opportunity to donate money to the our church. Simply use AMAZON SMILE, then set up “First United Methodist Church of Union County” as the supporting organization. Once you set it up, every time you place an AMAZON order (must use AMAZON SMILE), Amazon makes a donation to our church. Your same settings and benefits, including Amazon Prime, apply. So we urge you to make the change today. Thanks for your continued support!

Received………………….YTD
November 5th….$ 25,490…………………..$ 936,318
November 12th..$ 23,420…………………..$ 959,738
November 19th..$ 18,989…………………..$ 978,727

Please remember FUMC in your legacy trusts & wills!

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